This is what you need to know. This post is taken from a response to a commenter on my recent post Church Anyone? Please look at the video and be warned that it exposes the fleshliness of both Johnson and MacArthur. May Christ richly bless you as you follow Him!
Dear church attender,
What you are saying can best be answered by the following passage:
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, come evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ–16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:11-16
First, Jesus Christ gives to His body the different saints who are prepared by Him through the Holy Spirit and the Spirit inspired knowledge of His Word for the equipping of the saints so they can minister and edify the body of Christ.
Second, the ministry of the body to one another will increase the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God so that God’s saints are a perfect reflection of Jesus Christ being filled with His Spirit and the knowledge of Him.
Third, false teaching purposely introduced into the body by deceptive men and women who use crafty cunning and deceitful plotting is intended to retard this unity and the growth of believers into the likeness of Jesus Christ. Think about the church in Antioch where godly men were instructing the believers, they were first called Christians there because they reflected the holy nature of Christ. Today, anybody who attends a church that is considered of the “Christian tradition” is called a Christian and so the name of Christ is blasphemed.
Fourth, these God given pastors, teachers, evangelists, etc. will expose and oppose all false teaching. They won’t pick and choose as to whom they label a false teacher and whom they will accept. Case in point, John MacArthur says that C. S. Lewis is a Christian, he may be by today’s standard, but by the standard of the Word of God he is a heretic that teaches ecumenical universalism where individuals can be saved apart from conscious faith in Christ. MacArthur also quoted Lewis in his book Hard to Believe although he warned against this false doctrine that Lewis championed. Here is something to consider, Philip Johnson came over to MacArthur’s ministry from Moody Press, printer of books. The Christian book industry is a multi-billion industry. Lewis’s books bring in multiple millions. Here we see an example of crafty deceit by MacArthur and Johnson, since Johnson works on John’s books, to lead people astray. Another case in point, if you view the video starting at time mark 41:08 you will see what John really thinks about the glorious Scriptures and the Holy Spirit. This man is a man of flesh.
Fifth, the ministry of the body of Christ should cause us all to grow up in all things into Christ who is the head as we minister the truth of God’s Word to one another. Dear church attender, you testified yourself that this isn’t happening in the typical man led church, and no wonder. The preponderance of churches today are not led by men filled with the Holy Spirit, but filled with the flesh. Again, the video shows Philip and John operating in this manner.
Sixth, this growth in Christ and love will cause Christ’s body to be effective in sharing the truth of God’s Word and bring genuine new believers into the body. John’s church may be growing, but he is an ecumenical teacher who is leading the body astray. Don’t think that just because he has a doctrinal statement on his website that he is doing the work of Christ, these statements are designed to get people through the doors so they can be deceived by the wicked one. Here is my own experience with Grace church.
Years ago I had a family member who was living a godless life and it was breaking my heart. I went to the LA area to visit another relative and had opportunity to interact with this family member. It was not good. I just so happened to have a copy of Owen’s Apostasy that I was reading, from which Pink quoted in the article posted by Maria, and I definitely felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit, although I was trying to live to please Christ. I went to Grace church hoping for encouragement when dealing with my family member. The message John preached was only condemning and I left disheartened. On my trip home I had the opportunity to listen to the Bible on CD. I was listening to Galatians 6 and the Holy Spirit used the following verses to comfort and encourage my heart:
1 Brethren, if an man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:1-2
It was like a crystal clear stream refreshing my soul compared to the murky water at Grace church. This family member has since repented and is doing much better, praise God. He led us by His Holy Spirit to bring the family member close to where we are and we rejoice to see the progress in this person’s life. Praise God.
This is the difference between fleshly intervention and godly intervention led by the Holy Spirit. John doesn’t even believe such things are possible based on what he has said in the video above. What blasphemy! Check out time mark 37:58
This is what God’s Word says in 2 Timothy 3:4-5 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3:4-5
Seventh, John MacArthur is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, just like the majority of the men and women who claim to minister in Christ’s name. He wants to teach us and become a wall between us and the Holy Spirit, Who Christ said would lead us into all truth. He should be turned away from based on the previous verse.
13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. John 16:13
20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things….27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. 1 John 2:20 & 27
Dear church member, you along with the majority of church goers have a very low standard, and it is not the standard of God or His Word. I will believe what He tells me in His Word and walk by the power of the Holy Spirit so that I do not fulfill the desires of the flesh.
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
Amen! Even so come Lord Jesus and rapture Your church out of this insanity that masquerades as the faith once for all delivered to the saints. Amen!